Career night for Deng as Bulls top Blazers
hicago, IL (Sports Network) – Luol Deng poured in a career-high 38 points on
18-of-25 shooting as the Chicago Bulls beat the shorthanded Portland
Trail Blazers, 100-89, at the United Center.
Kirk Hinrich had 21 points and 12 assists, and Ben Gordon added 17 points for
the Bulls, who won three straight and seven of their last nine games.
LaMarcus Aldridge finished with 20 points and eight rebounds, and Zach
Randolph added 17 points for Portland, which has lost two straight since its
three-game winning streak. Martell Webster chipped in 14 points and Jarrett
Jack had 10 points and nine assists for the Blazers, who were without Brandon
Roy for the entire game and Ime Udoka for much of the contest.
Roy missed the game after his girlfriend went into labor just prior to the
contest, and Udoka left early in the second quarter with a concussion.
Dan Dickau’s running jumper pulled Portland to within four, 80-76, but Chicago
pulled away with an 8-0 run, capped by a Deng jumper putting the margin at 12,
88-76 with 4:31 to go in the game.
Portland shot 52.5 percent but committed 24 turnovers, leading to 27 Chicago
Aldridge shot 5-for-6 in the first quarter to lead the Blazers to a 31-25
lead after 12 minutes. Portland led 45-41 at the intermission.
Trailing 51-47, a Gordon jumper sparked a 7-0 spurt that put Chicago ahead,
54-51, with 7:15 left in the third quarter. The Bulls never trailed
Gordon scored 13 points in the quarter and the Bulls led 69-63 heading into
the final frame.
Chicago had a team total of 28 assists…The Bulls have won three straight and
five of the last six in the series overall and three in a row as the
host…Udoka played 12 minutes with one rebound and did not attempt a shot
before leaving with the concussion…The Bulls currently sit fifth overall in
the Eastern Conference.